Harbinger Down (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | R | Horror, Sci-Fi
82 minutes /

User Score: 45/100

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Harbinger Down Review


While studying the effects of global warming on a pod of whales, grad students on a crabbing vessel and it's crew uncovers a froze soviet space shuttle, and unintentionally releases a monstrous organism from it

Harbinger Down (2015) is an independent American science-fiction monster horror movie that was an interesting watch, but I will not watch it again. Director and writer Alec Gillis did not do a great job executing his first full-length movie. Alec is known for his special effects work in AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), Aliens (1986), Cast Away (2000), and Jumanji (1995). He got funding for this movie through Kickstarter. The creature effects in this film were created by ADI and not from the use of computer generated imagery (CGI). Animatronics, prosthetic makeup, miniature effects, and stop-motion were used and was done on an okay level but not good. The monster scenes are not lit well, and the monsters are not noticeable, appealing and detailed. There is lit monster scenes but it does not last long, and the quality is disturbingly weak.

Harbinger Down is about a group of graduate students venturing out once again. They are on board the titular fishing trawler Harbinger. They are on the ship because they want to study the effects of global warming in the Bering Sea on a pod of Orcas. The ship’s crew did not take long to discover an alien bacteria infecting a block of ice. The students accidentally find a distress beacon coming from a submerged block of ice. They have found the Soviet wreckage along with the frozen Soviet astronaut corpses and yes, they examine it. You have probably guessed it; it did not take long for them to get attacked by alien shapeshifting monsters. Watch the movie, see what happens if you have not seen The Thing (1982) as yet.

My View: the plot of the film is a bite off of The Thing movie, and there is no going around that. The actors all did a good job with what they were given, but it was not enough to save the movie from being an average watch. I would not recommend this movie to horror fans because it was a cliche and nothing new to the eyes except for dreary, dreadful special effects.

About Harbinger Down 2015

Title: Harbinger Down
Year: 2015
Runtime: 82 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.25/5 stars from 20 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 20
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Matt Winston, Jason Speer, Edwin H. Bravo, Camille Balsamo, Giovonnie Samuels, Winston James Francis, Michael Estime, Reid Collums, Mick Ignis, Milla Bjorn, Kraig W. Sturtz
Writers: Alec Gillis
Director: Alec Gillis